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Tri­umph TR: Buy now

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

For the buyer who thinks an MGB Road­ster re­ally isn’t up to the job when it comes to per­for­mance, there’s al­ways the Tri­umph TR4/5/6 trio. All mod­els have been a main­stay of the UK’s clas­sic move­ment and the 4, with its dra­matic break from the TR3, suc­ceeded in mov­ing the sport­ing Tri­umph up a notch on the Bri­tish sports car lad­der.

Thanks to a long pro­duc­tion run there’s plenty of choice and Amer­i­can ex­am­ples of­fer a chance to buy good rust-free ex­am­ples – pro­vid­ing, of course, that they come from dry states.

There are plenty of projects too, and for the have-a-go en­thu­si­ast they of­fer a good way of not spend­ing win­ter months in front of the tele­vi­sion.

There was lit­tle TR4/5/6 ac­tion at the start of the year, other than a restora­tion-project 1971 TR6 which Anglia Car Auctions sold for £8190. Sil­ver­stone Auctions sold a very good 1962 TR4 for just over £24,000 at Race Retro a month later.

Would-be TR4 own­ers were in for a treat in March when two more sold – a 1962 ex­am­ple was sold by His­torics for £18,480 while H&H ham­mered away a 1966 4A for £20,250.

Barons and South Western Ve­hi­cle Auctions obliged in April, Barons of­fer­ing a 1962 TR4 (£13k) and a 1967 TR4A (£18k) and SWVA’s 1965 TR4 made £21,116. June saw H&H sell a 1966 4A for a healthy £21,937 at its first RAC sale.

To many the TR6 of­fers the best value for money in the tra­di­tional two-seater sec­tor, with its close links to its ‘4’ and ‘5’ pre­de­ces­sors, and a reg­u­lar sup­ply of Amer­i­can im­ports means more choice and lower prices than for TR4s and the much scarcer TR5. Barons’ April sale saw two 1971 TR6s sell for £13,200 and £18,700, and a 1973 car for £16,500.

Prices can vary wildly, as prices from May show – Brightwells sold a 1969 TR6 for a rea­son­able £9570 and a 1973 ex­am­ple for £16,500, while fur­ther south His­torics got £16,800 for a 1971 car and a strong £23,520 for a very good 1972 model. Sil­ver­stone wasn’t far be­hind, mak­ing £23,063 for a 1973 TR6.

Three TR6s found new homes in June – Barons sold a 1973 model for £14,850 and Clas­sic Car Auctions sold a 1974 car for £14,300 and a 1975 car for £17,050.

While the TR6 of­fers buy­ers far more op­por­tu­ni­ties and TR4s are rea­son­ably com­mon, any­one want­ing a TR5 is likely to be in for a long wait. But whichever model an en­thu­si­ast wants, they all of­fer first-rate per­for­mance, looks, spares sup­port and club ca­ma­raderie.

Barons sold a TR4 and a TR4A in its April sale, along with a TR5.

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